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“Termite” is one of the nastiest words in the dictionary for anyone whose home has a crawl space. In Charleston SC, where crawl spaces are commonplace, homeowners dread termites like few other pests. The good news? Homeowners can be proactive about termite damage and infestations.
True, there’s no surefire way to prevent termite damage if you live in Charleston — save building your home without any wood or cellulose materials. But there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of an infestation and to identify damage early before it spreads.
It is practically impossible to seal off your crawl space and home from invading termites. Termites are simply too small, too crafty, and too talented at tunneling. What you can do, however, is make your crawl space less inviting for them.
Termites are attracted to moist and humid spaces. To them, a dry piece of wood is a tough and unappetizing meal. A wet piece of lumber, especially one that’s rotting, is another story. The lesson for homeowners is clear. Control the moisture and humidity in your crawl space as much as possible (possibly by installing a crawl space encapsulation system) and always keep an eye out for signs of puddling, flooding, leaks, or humidity.
Another tip: Don’t store paper or cardboard items in your crawl space. Termites will chew through paper products and other cellulose items in no time. They will end up acting as termite bait, increasing the likelihood of infestation.
When it comes to termite damage in North Charleston, Mt Pleasant, James Island, Isle of Palms and the surrounding areas, the earlier you spot the damage, the better. To make that happen, you should inspect your crawl space in detail every six months. If you’re uneasy about doing this, or don’t have the time, you can schedule an inspection by the professionals at Crawlspace Medic® via our Charleston office.
As you inspect your crawl space in Charleston, you’ll want to check for the following signs of termite damage:
The minute that you identify or suspect damage from termites, it’s important that you call in the professionals to confirm the extent of the damage and fix it before it gets worse. For homeowners in Charleston, that means calling in the termite damage experts at Crawlspace Medic®. No matter how extensive the damage may be, we can help you restore your crawl space to good-as-new condition.
Call Crawlspace Medic® via our Charleston office at (843) 225-7892 today to schedule a termite damage consultation for your crawl space.